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Another spill story, but a bit different...

Q: Another spill story, but a bit different...

I spilled sugarfree Dr. Pepper (moron!) on my laptop and now the Control and function keys are malfunctioning (as if they are always "on" and the F10 key sometimes displays the "on" light and also seems to stick). I got it cleaned and I adjusted my filter keys settings to "no repeat rate" on my keypad, so that my control function does not work (and I also can not hold a key down to repeat keystrokes anymore), but that is fine b/c it's not a major handicap for me--cheaper than buying a whole new laptop. However, is there anything else I can do to fix this problem software wise? Would it be beneficial to me to buy a new keyboard? I appreciate any responses!! Kind thanks!

A: Another spill story, but a bit different...

ouch on a laptop?

The only good way to clean that is to take the laptop apart...the membrane behind the plastic keys is probably nicely gummed up with a mixture of dust and dr pepper...

...I'd see about getting the keyboard on it replaced, or at the very least cleaned by a professional.

Unless you've done it many times before you don't want to take apart a laptop ... they can be a PITA to get back together...and it voids your warranty if you do it.

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Hello, after a water spill (about 2 days ago) most of my key's aren't working. also having problems starting up my laptop. it turns on after a while, but always insists going through system recovery. I ordered a new keyboard, but I'm worried about my laptop still

please excuse the bad grammar/punctuation. I'm using an on-screen keyboard.

A:Water Spill

Well honestly if the laptop itself is still functioning then that is an accomplishment. With the keyboard being bad yea that is going to have to be replaced. If the computer itself constantly wants to go to system recovery, try reverting the system back to an earlier date through system restore to see if that fixes your problems. If not, you may have an issue regarding the motherboard.

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To make a long story short...I spilled a cup of coffee on my dresser were my laptop sits. It went underneath and a tiny bit on the keyboard. I cleaned it off the best I could and continued using my pc. After about half an hour it just shut off, when i finally got it to reboot and try to put my password in, sometimes it logs 2-4 of the same letters even though I only press the button once. Other times it tried logging in while I'm still typing. Any suggestions on what I could do to try and fix this? ...Hairdry it, take it apart? My friend said I should clean the keyboard by disassembling the laptop but I'm not quite sure how to do that...any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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I recently spilled a little water on the back of my laptop (Acer aspire 5755) absent-mindedly......
I removed the battery immediately and kept it upside-down for 2 days and it worked.
does the water-spill actually affect the performance of laptop???

A:Water spill

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A friend gave me her HP Pavilion dv6-6c35dx Entertainment PC after she happened to spill a small amount of coffee on the keyboard. I'm not sure what steps she took but it will not display anything on the screen now.

Since it was only 6 months old she sent it to HP and they notified her that liquid spills were not covered so she asked them to return it.

When you power up, the lights come on the keypad, the power light is showing, the hard drive light is lit and you can hear it loading windows (at least I think). I've taken everything out, and put back together but there is still nothing displaying on the screen.

My question is how do I know if it's a keyboard issue, video card issue, motherboard issue, combination or more?

A:Another coffee spill.......what next?

When you spill something in a computer a lot of damage can be caused.Even a small amount of liquid can damage the motherboard.I think it should be taken somewhere to see what was damaged and how bad and if its even worth fixing.

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To make a long story short...I spilled a cup of coffee on my dresser were my laptop sits. It went underneath and a tiny bit on the keyboard. I cleaned it off the best I could and continued using my pc. After about half an hour it just shut off, when i finally got it to reboot and try to put my password in, sometimes it logs 2-4 of the same letters even though I only press the button once. Other times it tried logging in while I'm still typing. Any suggestions on what I could do to try and fix this? ...Hairdry it, take it apart? My friend said I should clean the keyboard by disassembling the laptop but I'm not quite sure how to do that...any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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I spilled a few drops of water on my keyboard a few weeks back. I'v waited and the keyboard still doesn't want to work. I also cannot scroll down on pages at all. It worked today for an hour until I pressed the volume button and it stopped working again. What should I do?

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I spilled something on my laptop (Dell Inspiron 5160). At first it would only turn on for half a second now the computer turns on (green lights on and fan is on), but there is no display and no sound (such as a beep or the windows chime).


A:Spill on laptop

Take it to a repair shop and let them give you a price estimate. The diagnosis work will probably be sth like $100-$200

Assuming that miracles don't happen.. At minimum you will need to have the motherboard replaced. In additon, keyboard, power supply, hard drive, battery, pretty much anything that could have been shorted out or corroded. You are probably looking at a repair cost of $500-$1000

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I'm kind of embarressed to ask this, but yesterday I spilled some chocolatesauce on my touchpad. Panicing, I held it upside down a bit while wipeing it off and used a toothpick to get the residu from between the buttons at the bottom of the touchpad. it wasn't that bad of a spill and it was only the right key, but since then nothing really happened, except that my right key doesn't 'click' as good anymore. but since it's this like a day and nothing happened, should I still worry that it might somehow affect my computer? I'm asking because I'm a bit paranoid so any news that would calm me down is appreciated

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Ok.. today has been one of my worst days.. (Skip this long first paragraph if u wanna just go on to my question)

This morning I spilled water on my keyboard... which went psycho, but became ok after i opened it up and blow dried and nature dried it for hours. Right about the time my keyboard got to work again, I spilled my water on my computer. My pc case has fan on top for better airflow, meaning it has a vent there.. and i happened to spill water there.
Being a dumb person I am, I just went to sleep thinking water will dry itself (computer was off at the time of water spill) instead of cleaning inside. About 4 hours later.. i woke up and turned on the computer. It booted fine.. but when Windows screen came up, I saw weird marks on the screen all over. I quickly turned off the computer and opened it up. I felt my way around and felt that... my graphic card had little bit of water on top of it. (Leadtek 7900GT). I quickly used paper towl to dry it and blow dried it with a cool air. I inserted it back in and booted computer again. Everything ran fine. Having being shocked, I constantly monitored temperatures using CPUFAN and graphic card driver... things seemed fine... until i got the BSOD saying something wrong with win32k.sys

After the BSOD, every time my comp boots, it beeps and doesnt start. I drove to Fry's immediately (which is at least 40 min away) to buy a new graphic card..but it was closed (I arrived at 9:50).

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A:Water Spill!! help me

Quick Update, I just changed RAM and computer boots. I guess it was the RAM. I just hope it doesn't crush on me with BSOD anytime soon

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Hi!I spilled juice on my desk and the juice traveled to the bottom left of my laptop where the vents are. I powered it off immediately and unplugged it. The battery was not attached to the laptop at that time. After wiping away the liquid on the case with tissue and a bit of isopropyl alcohol, I opened up the bottom and inspected to see if there was any leakage. There was no liquid found inside the laptop. To be sure, It's now drying in front of a fan. Any recommendations or advice to possibly salvage my laptop?

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Katara93 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about liquid spilled on your laptop and wanted to help. Best thing to do right now is NOT turn on the laptop.Here are some steps you should take:  You Just Spilled Water Or Coffee On Your Laptop - Here's What You Should DoGood Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on my post to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================

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All of a sudden, I'm no longer able to use any kind of sites with Java, regardless of whether I'm using IE or Firefox. I always get the error "Applet (whatever) notinit" and then "Loading Java Applet Failed..."

This is a sudden problem, never had this problem before. I've uninstalled/reinstalled Java twice, to no avail. Java's website says that I have Java installed fine, and that if I want to install it, I need to uninstall Java and then reinstall it.

I have Java logs from it happens, if they're of any help.

A:Solved: Java took a spill!

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I own an Asus eee PC 1000HA netbook. I spilled crystal light on my keyboard (it's a sugar-free lemonade flavored drink). I took out the battery, blotted it with a paper towel, and used a blow dryer (set on cool) to try to blow out the moisture. Then, I partially dismantled it and took out the hard drive. After about 15- 20 minutes, I put the netbook back together and turned it on. It successfully booted, but I found that the mouse pad did not work. I then left it idle, and when the computer went to sleep (which it usually does when I leave it idle), I was unable to turn it back on. So I dismantled it again. After about an hour, i reassembled the computer and was able to boot it up again. However, I found that the mouse pad still did not work, and my keyboard did not work either. Right now - I've taken out the hard drive again and have not turned it on since. Is my keyboard fried or is there a chance it will regain function if left to dry for a day - week? Or is there anything I can do right now to give my laptop a better chance?

A:spill on netbook keyboard

It's possible that you keyboard and mouse pad were damaged from the fluids.
(even plain water can damage the electrical components within a computer)

Let it dry for a day and if the problem persists, the keyboard and mouse may be fried, unfortunately.

Always remember, never have fluids in close proximity of your computer! I'm guilty of this from time to time and I have to catch happens.

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Earlier this morning dr.pepper spilled all over my laptop. AT first it was fine ( should have turned it off immediately) but then the screen went black and eventually the power went off. Since then I have taken everything out, dried all parts, and tried to turn it back on. The power is now on but the screen is completely black. I noticed when i took the keyboard apart there was a wire coming out from the screen thats not connected to anything. Not sure if thats a problem, but im just putting it out there. Please give solutions on how to fix it! Obviously if it can go on its not completely fried

A:Laptop and Dr.Pepper spill

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Yesterday I spilled about a cup of coffee with milk (no sugar) on my Pavilion DV6. The spill was directly on the keyboard. My laptop I'm guessing short circuited by itself too quickly for me to turn it off first. I'm not very good with hardware and whatnot so I'm not sure if my laptop short circuited but about two seconds after the spill the screen and all lights died so for now I'm assuming that was a short circuit.

I immediately removed the battery and tried my best to tilt my laptop in a way that would get as much of the excess liquid out as I could. After, I used a hair dryer's cold setting on the laptop for a few minutes.

I then (now I realize, stupidly) tried putting the battery back in and immediately pulled it out again upon hearing ominous soft popping noises from below the keyboard.

I left the laptop to dry with a fan overnight and took it apart this morning. I took off the back "ProtectSmart" cover, the keyboard, and the CD drive to clean under them with rubbing alcohol as best as I could.

After leaving it to dry for a few minute I tried putting the battery back in. This time I heard no noises and am unsure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing...when I plug in the charger the battery light flickers for a half second then dies out and after I pull the charger out the light comes back on for about two seconds then dies out. My laptop did not boot up so I tried the holding the power button down with the battery out tri... Read more

A:Coffee spill on laptop...

Likely not. If it's a newer model, you can try taking/sending it in for service.

Otherwise, I'd pull the HDD (to save your data), and buy a replacement.

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I have a y70-70 touch laptop that I just purchased this past August of 2015 (not even a year old). Around midnight on Friday I accidentally spilled less than half a glass of water on the left half of my keyboard. It took a few seconds to register what happened, then I immediately hit the power button, unplugged my mouse and charger, and grabbed a large bath towel to wipe the water away. I flipped the laptop upside down to try draining any water that may have gotten inside and waited about 20-30 minutes before hitting power button to see if it worked (which I probably should NOT have done). A blue screen appeared, in which Windows gave me options about troubleshooting before the system shut itself down (not the blue screen of death but a regular Windows kind of screen). After that, I left it alone until the next day when I attempted to see if it would work yet again, only this time, the computer didn't even boot up. The only thing that turned on was the fans inside the laptop, which only stayed on until I release the power button. No lights blinking, no other normal humming or whurring a laptop would typically make, just the fans. I was confused and thought maybe it was just trying to dry itself out still so I let it sit yet another night. I tried turning it on this morning (Sunday) and it did the same thing with the fans. I've researched many different articles and based on what I've read, I've either goofed up my laptop so bad with turning it on that it won't work anymo... Read more

A:Accidental Water Spill

If you have accidental damage protection, send it in.  They will replace whatever was damaged or got wet.  Even if it dries out and works, you are likely to have problems next week or next month or whenever.  Wet electronics get corroded.

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Hi all

Hope you can help.

I spilt a fair bit of water on my laptop about a week ago. I turned it off, turned it upside down, put the battery in rice and left it for 48 hours.

When I turned it back on if came on but the keys wouldn't work. I managed to use the onscreen keyboard and it worked fine for 2 days. When I next tried to turn it on it boots up but the screen is completely black.

Is there a fix for this at all or is it fried from the liquid?

I have tried removing the battery and using just the power cord but nothing happened, still booted up and black screen.

Really grateful for any advice.

A:Black screen after spill

Any electrically conductive liquids in live electronic equipment allows electrical currents to travel across unintended paths, which can immediately short-circuit (KILL) any or all of the electronic components the liquid comes into contact with.

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Hello everyone, i have a laptop that sucked up some water through the bottom. Not sure how much got up in there, but now there is no power. No power with just battery or just AC. Push the power button and nothing happens. I removed the Ram Hard drive and battery and let sit for a few days and still nothing. Did the motherboard just fry or possibly the CPU? Its a HP Omnibook xe4600. Thank You.

A:Water Spill with Laptop

not even the bios came on. nothing. flatline. to me that says, fried mobo. that thing is dead mate. if i were you, i'd get a new mobo and see if the other parts are still working. and if you can't determine that, or do it easily, then ask a professional to test the processor and the graphics chip and other parts. if they still work, you can save some money and just get a new mobo hopefully.'re kinda screwed.

by the way...if you can, try to avoid hp. they are seriously going down in terms of quality and warranty support. gateway, lenovo, acer, and a few other brands are now the way to go.

but that's a side note...yeah...get a new motherboard first. sorry about that...not exactly a very pleasant thing to have happen to you, let alone to have someone tell you what you feared most....i wish you the best.

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I spilt juice on my yoga 2 pro. I'm using it right now and I have cleaned it to the best of my extent. The keys are a bit sticky and the right USB port seems jammed and won't work. Please help.

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Sorry if this is in the wrong section, I wasn't sure what section to put it in.
I've just recently spilled water on my laptop keyboard. It wasn't a lot and I instantly got paper towels to help clear it up after I quickly turned the power off.
I made sure to keep cleaning with the towel and pressing on the keys gently to put more water out for it to be absorbed.
It's turned on fine, and so far I've not noticed any keyboard issues.
Will my laptop be fine, or should I do something else just to make sure?
The water mostly spilled on part of the speaker, the power button, and a few of the keys. There's no water anymore and everything feels dry, and like I said it was a small amount of water.

A:Laptop water spill

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I have a problem. I spilled wine all over my roommates Toshiba keyboard. Its an A100 and since I broke it, I bought it and she got a Dell. Now, I own this damaged laptop and I am finding the only problem with it is the keyboard doesn't work. I can surf the net, download anything I want, make music on fruity loops, listen to mp3's and even watch dvds. The only thing I can't do is type using the keyboard.

Does anyone know if there is a way to take the keyboard off and clean out the (now probably dried up) wine under it?

Or is there a certain model of keyboard I can buy to plug into the laptop through one of its usb ports or something?

I am fairly knowledgeable on regular computers, but I know nothing about!!

A:Toshiba A100 Keyboard Spill

You can have a shop replace the keyboard in it, or you can buy a new one from the manufacturer and have a brand new laptop!

other than that I suppose you can buy a USB keyboard, but Im the kinda person who would replace that one with an origional and keep the mobility of the laptop alive!

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I accidentally spilled water on my laptop with Windows 7. Is it salvageable?

A:Windows 7 laptop - water spill

Turn it upside down, take out the battery, disconnect any peripherals and/or cables, and open it up.

Leave it this way for 48 hours.

After the 48 hours, plug in the charger cable and try to boot the machine up.

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Hi community! Yesterday, I accidentally spilled coffee (no sugar and only a little bit of milk) in my ThinkPad was plugged in the charger, and as soon as I spilled coffee the computer shut down (the coffee reached the bottom of the screen)I took off the battery and the keyboard, cleaned a bit and now the computer is drying.when I opened there was coffee around but apparently it didn't reach the mother board. I am almost sure it won't turn on again due to the fact it instantly shut down when the coffee touched the keyboard.However, I Hope you can give me more positive views on my computer's situation? Is there any chance to save it?  ThanksNymsai 

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Hello there, This is my first time posting. Basically, I spilled some water on my laptop keyboard 2 days ago, I wiped off the water and left it overnight. Then when I turned it on the keyboard is completely dead. The laptop itself turns on fine, the screen as well as the touchpad work fine, but the keyboard is not repsonsive at all. I am typing this question on the laptop now using a temporary external usb keyboard. Ive checked all the drivers and they do not indicate any problem. I think I may have to purchase a new one.  Model Number: HP 15-d051sa.Windows 10 64-bit. Kind regards,Farooq93

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hi folks,

I've got a GQ ZX-5361A notebook model#536S from fry's. It's been a pretty good machine, and my current problem is entirely self-inflicted.

What happened:
Here's a cliche, I accidentally spilled coffee on my keyboard, and the following keys became non-functional: 1,2,3,q,w,e,a,d,z,x,c (the spill was on the left hand side of the machine). everything else seems okay.

What I've done:
* I waited for things to dry, but that didn't help
* I tried to rinse the affected keys with a hard stream of water from a spray bottle (with the machine inverted to prevent it from getting inside), toweled it off fast and let it dry, but (ofcourse) that made the problem worse. Now all of the keys seem to be dead. Fingerpad still seems okay (that's how I was able to shutdown the machine).

What I think I still need to try:
* I was going to try to use a USB keyboard to make sure that the problem is local to the keyboard itself
* I am trying to open the machine to see if I can get a closer look at the keyboard, but after unscrewing what seemed like the millionth screw, I started to worry that there might be some that I shouldn't.

What I need:
* is there anything I should try before continuing the surgery (popping keycaps off to try to clean exposed contacts -- if there are any), etc?
* is there a set of disassembly instructions available for the machine?
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A:Fry's GQ Notebook keyboard spill problem

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My grandson spilled a glass of milk on the keyboard of his laptop. I had him turn it upside down and remove the battery. He left it sitting this way for a couple weeks. That was about a month ago and so far, it seems to be working fine. I'm wondering if there is anything I should do to try to clean out any dried milk?

Thanks for any advice.


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Hi! I spilled a half glass of wine on my HP G60 keyboard last week. I shut the laptop off and removed the keyboard and I cleaned off as much of the sticky stuff as I could. I did not see a lot of white marks on the circuit boards. I cleaned the keyboard in water and dried it overnight and tried it but no good. I replaced the keyboard and now some keys work while others do not. When I press the a key, I get az1, when I press the s key, I get sx2. Two questions:
1) Would trying a USB keyboard indicate whether the probem is confined to the keyboard and cable and not the motherboard? If it works, keyboard problem only?
2) If the test is no good, can I simply remove as many components as possible (CD, Keyboard, Hard disk, memory, wireless card, display, etc.) and can then soak the computer in warm, distilled water for a while to see if that works.
Regards, Joe

A:Wine spill, HP G60-519wm keyboard

Sounds like you still have some residue of the wine causing an electrcical fault in the keyboard. I am fairly confident that if you connect an external keyboard it will work fine, but please do this to prove it.

If you want to try and flush out the wine from the existing keyboard remove the board form the PC and then there is no possibility of harming anything else. Whatever you do to try and clean it just make sure you leave it for a long time to dry out in a warm place. Your safest bet would be to get a new keyboard.

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Can I get a tool that plugs into a USB port for sound?

A:Liquid spill on laptop now sound is gone

Hi, There are many USB-Sound adapters around, such as: Regards.

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One of my co-workers spilled some soy sauce on her flash drive and after washed it out in water and let it dry after a period of time, it still didnt work. I wanted to know if there was anyway to get the flash drive up and working I recomended using rubbing alchol.
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Any sugestions?

A:Soy Sauce Spill On Flash Drive

Soy sauce has a high amount of salt and as such can damage electrical components easilly.

On the other hand, that flash isn't worth a thing if it won't clean up and work, so a flush with lukewarm water and a clear-rinse dish soap then a thorough lukewarm water flush should wash away all salts. Then dry with the connector donwards for a couple days.

The isopropyl probably isn't necessary.


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Scareware spreaders have started to use Skype to spread their cash-sapping crud.

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Yesterday, I spill coffee on my laptop(Sony Vaio PCG-K13). Fortunately,everything works well EXCEPT
1)When I turn on the computer now,it makes this loud beeping noise before a screen comes up asking me to select Profile1. Didn't have this problem before the spill.

2)All the keys + touchpad mouse works fine EXCEPT the spacebar,which doesn't function at all. Currently,I using the on-screen keyboard to insert spaces.

Can anyone offer any suggestions for addressing one or both problems?


A:Keyboard Liquid Spill Problem

ugh. ugly situation. At worst you may have shorted some component and ruined the motherboard (requires replacement). At best, it is a minor short and the keyboard may only require cleaning or replacement.
Cleaning will require dissassembly of the laptop and electronics cleaning solvent.
I do not recommend this for an average user. Laptops are very tricky to put back together. You would be better off getting a professional.

If the motherboard is ruined, you can buy a salvage model and use the hard drive, RAM, etc, that is in yours to make either the salvage model work, or use the salvage model for a motherboard part.

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Hi all.. embarassing moment but I spilled coffee all over the keyboard/trackpad of my x250 this morning. I tried drying out the liquid and it seems to function fine except for the trackpad. The trackpad still scrolls but the buttons, both top and lower, don't function. All five mouse buttons (three upper, two lower) act as the middle mouse button. I tried reinstalling the Synaptics drivers but it didn't solve anything unfortunately. Unfortunately I am out of warranty, so any DIY suggestions would be very appreciated. Thank you!

A:X250 Trackpad Not Working After Spill

The Hardware Maintenance Manual will show you what is involved in repairing your laptop. So far as I can tell, the trackpad buttons are part of the keyboard bezel, which will involve all the disassembly shown in the keyboard replacement procedure, plus transferring any other parts mounted to the keyboard bezel which are not part of the new bezel assembly (if any). Other than leaving the lid / display panel assembly as one piece, you've pretty much got to take everything apart. Whilst the computer is apart, I would replace the keyboard for the relatively small additional parts cost. Most of the investment here will be in paying for engineer time (or in summoning up courage for a DIY repair).

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Hi, A small amount of water was spilt over the keyboard. It was promptly soaked up and computer worked fine for two hours. Some of the keys are no longer working (space, b, n and arrows). The computer is working fine and external keyboard is fine.Any ideas of how to get them working again? They have been removed and all looks dry. Thanks

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Good Day, I need assisstanc with fixing my keyboard. I accidently spilled sugary coffee on the keyboard, thereafter a drained all the liquid out of the keyboard and computer. the computer is now working but the keyboard is not working as the keys are sticky.  How do i remove the sugary substatance from the keys without damaging the keyboard. Thank you.

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Scareware spreaders have started to use Skype to spread their cash-sapping crud.
The VoIP channel has joined malicious manipulated search results, malicious online advertisements, Facebook messages and iFrame contaminated sites as a means to spread rogue "anti-virus" software scans.

Sean-Paul Correll, a security researcher a Panda Security, explains that under its latest guise, scareware scams appear as spam messages sent to personal Skype accounts.

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Well,as I have decided not to kill myself, yet, here is what happened. I accidentally spilled hot chocolate milk on my laptop keyboard. Toshiba satellite A505 S6981

I didn't know at that time, one week ago,that I had to take the battery out..I just took the ac power off...instead I did it like 4 hours after, in the meantime I put the laptop on a side in order to let the most quantity of liquid outside the laptop.

Then I dissasembled and clean it with isopropilic alcohol, and let it dry open for several hours. After that I reassembled, it boots but sometimes said :battery disconected, a few minutes after, battery showed 100 percent full, and then battery disconected again.
So I turn it down, and try to boot...and never went on again. It shows two system icon lights (outside) the power light and the battery light, both on and white. But it wont boot.

When I disassembled it I looked for the cmos battery and I realized it is one of those soldered ones.....urggg

What I wanted to do was to change the cmos and see if it by doing that the pc boot again. I don't know. I am lost, and have no money to take it to a repair center.

What would you do? Should I consider it dead or do I have some hope?.......thanks

A:Laptop died after milk spill...please help...

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So I was using a usb keyboard and my cat spilled water on it while I was away. This seemed to render the the keyboard useless. It also caused the computer to start to react strangely to mouse inputs, though I am positive no water seeped into the case. When I tried to shut down the computer, it hanged for a good two hours at the part when all the icons and toolbar had disappeared from the screen and only the background was displayed. I then hard shut down the computer and when I restarted it, I was prompted if I would like to restore some sort of default bios on the motherboard. I unwittingly chose to do so. Now it seems I cannot boot into any of my primary drives, only slave drives that I have included from my old computer. When I do boot into this drive, my graphics processor is not used (looks like windows safe mode). Whenever I do try to boot into one of the other drives, I get the mobo splash screen and then the computer hangs halfway through the "starting windows" animation and then goes black and restarts. When I try to do a start-up repair, it says it fails for an unknown error and when I do a system restore, it fails because it cant replace a file in google chrome, or something (it was open when the incident happened).

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Sorry if I didn't post on the right section.

So basically I spilled liquid on my laptop keyboard and now it doesn't work anymore.
I turned it upside down for a while, I blow dried it and yeah at first it worked but after like... 2 minutes it stopped working forever! Guess the liquid short circuited the keyboard.

Should I just send my laptop in to some store and get it fixed?
Or should I remove the keys (which sounds really complicate and a delicate work)
Maybe I should uninstall the keyboard driver and re install in?

For more info I'm using a COMPAQ Presario v6000

***P.S: The weirdest thing is that when I open my laptop, it makes a loud beeping noise and then I kinda freezes on the startup screen (shows COMPAQ, and tells you to press ESC for config)
So I press ESC hoping it works and yeah it does. I press ESC again and windows starts up.
-> Does it mean that only the ESC button on my keyboard work?

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My wife spilled half a glass of water on the laptop Toshiba 7020ct.
she cleaned it up.

after this incident the keys are typing the wrong letters for eg. if i
type H i get G and some times two or more letters for the same key.

She says she has pressed the keys vigorously during the cleaning i was
wondering if she activated some key or compressed some key which is
causing the problem.

i cleaned the keys by removing the keys but it did not help

I noticed some thing else when i switch on the computer it gives me a
message saying update EC / KBC . Where can i find this and how do i

I can use external keyboard and mouse with out any problem.

I am a computer illiterate please help

thanks in advance


email address

[email protected]

A:Water spill on laptop - keyboard problem

Go here and see if this will help ya out.

Good luck.

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Hi everyone, I think I'm out of luck here. Let me explain what happened in detail.

I have a laptop which model is pretty similar to the MSI GT80 Titan, except it's sold and built by CyberPower PC. And no, they aren't the problem. I was playing a game two days ago and I spilled Kool-aid over my keyboard. It mainly hit the leftmost side, so naturally I didn't really panic because I thought that the keyboard (because it's mechanical) wouldn't be able to get into the components. I kept playing after the spill but then I decided I should do something, so I wiped it off and took it apart.

I cleaned it all up, and nothing managed to get into the core components. I wait a day, boot, and the keyboard is a bit broken. I grab a blow dryer and I revive it apart from sticky keys. So, I use the straw method to fix them, but in the process I may have shorted out the red LED strip above the keyboard. No big deal, right? I guess not. Another day passes, today, and I notice the escape key is still sticky so I perform the straw method again. I dry it via blow dryer, take off the back cover, blow dry that for a while, and then proceed to unscrew the whole bottom cover to expose some of the keyboard to check for more damage. In the process I pull up near the battery, it moves up, but that's no surprise, because it sits on a metal frame that holds it up. So I inspect the keyboard, it looks fine, and I screw everything back together.

I press the power button a... Read more

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So I spilled about a half glass of water on my laptop. Its an Alienware 17X. I've been thinking of replacing it since its a bit old and not working so great anymore. However I still need it for a little while longer! It was late and I was just about to go to sleep, and I wasn't really thinking. I've never had this happen to a computer before, since I'm usually quite careful. Here's what I did which I now see is the worst possible thing you could do:

I dried the keyboard as much as I could, but left the laptop on. Then I went to sleep, and actually left the laptop on all night. The following day, I found that multiple keys on the key board weren't functioning, though the rest of the computer seemed to work fine. I shut down the computer but then restarted it. Some of the keys that hadn't worked now seemed to work again, but most the keyboard still wasn't functioning. Also whenever I clicked in a place to type, the j key would just type out an infinite amount without me pressing it. I shut the computer off again but I didn't do anything about it. Today, I tried to restart my laptop again but it went to the reboot options screen, and since the keyboard doesn't work I can't boot up my computer. I finally looked up what to do if you spill water on your keyboard, and I realize how stupid I've been.

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A:Keyboard stopped working after water spill

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Hi,     I have lenovo T450 laptop , by mistake spilled some water on ite keyboard. As per T450 product specifiaction , its keyoard is spill-resistant. Is this true? The water spill was very less but still I am scared that water might have gone inside laptop and might crash motherbord inside.My laptop is still On and working after 1 hour of spill. Please suggest. Thanks.

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Hi,     I have lenovo T450 laptop , by mistake spilled some water on ite keyboard. As per T450 product specifiaction , its keyoard is spill-resistant. Is this true? The water spill was very less but still I am scared that water might have gone inside laptop and might crash motherbord inside.My laptop is still On and working after 1 hour of spill. Please suggest. Thanks.

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I spilled about half a cup of water on my laptop keyboard. Immediately unplugged, soaked up visible water with towel, propped laptop upside down to let the water drain out. At first, in my frantic state of mind, I thought I should leave the battery in to keep the fans running and blow evaporated moisture out. Read an article that said I should take out the battery, turned around, and saw that the screen had gone black. I took the battery out. I now have it propped upside-down with fans blowing on it from above and below.

I've read some articles, but they just tell me what to do right away. What I really want to know is, assuming I get it all dried out, what are the odds that the laptop will be okay? I mean, it's just water, not coffee or soda or anything.

UPDATE: Just checked the ingredients on another bottle of the same water. Purified water, calcium chloride, and sodium bicarbonate. Hopefully residual calcium chloride and sodium bicarbonate will not destroy my computer over time.

A:Chances of a Laptop Recovering from Water Spill?

I think the odds are pretty good. Just let it dry naturally for a few days.

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Yesterday, at ~8PM I opened a bottle of mineral water, unfortunately for me it burst and spilled all over my laptop. As I had no idea what to do I just stood there for like 5 seconds, then I realized I should disconnect the plug. After that I tried to dry it using towel and paper towels. Because I had no idea what else to do I just decided to give myself a treat and just go to sleep early, so I left the laptop there as it is (in normal position)

The next morning (roughly 8 hours after the spill) I decided to try whether it is working or not, well, it's quite hot in my room so the water should be gone now, the water spilled on the ground did disappear as I was too lazy to swab it (lol)...

well, the laptop is working just fine so far, except the keyboard is typing weird stuff

Q - q`1a
A - qa
D - 'd
F - vf

etc, not all keys are doing this, most of them are working just fine...

what should I do now? I know I can use the external keyboard, but is there a way to fix this? I have Asus G750JM and somewhere I read that the newer laptops have some feature that prevents the water from going to the laptop HW from the keyboard, not sure if mine has something like that but as I said, it works just fine except for the keyboard

I also tried to dry it some more today using paper towels, turn it facing down on the paper towel to see whether there still was some water (nope, the water towels were dry), I also decided just to clean it from dust using canned air, well, my laptop i... Read more

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A few days ago, my significant other accidentally knocked over a small cup of iced tea onto my laptop. I was quick to dry the device off, but the device turned off on its own (with the fan running for about 3-5 minutes while the screen was black). I then quickly took off the bottom shell and disconnected the battery. From that point on, I waited 2 days before trying to use the laptop again. When I reinstalled the battery, the battery "light" keeps blinking (as opposed to its usual solid state or its graduate fade that it does when it is in rest mode). I've disconnected it and reconnected it several times, tried to plug it in and unplug it, etc. Still, the system will not turn back on. Does this sound like a battery issue, or is this indicative of a bigger issue?

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My younger brother spilled water on my Dell Inspiron 3520. The water spilled all over the keyboard. It has been left to dry for a while now, bit it doesnt turn on. I left it plugged in for half an hour and it just gets hot, but doesn't turn on or anything. Should I risk changing the keyboard? Or did is it something else?

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I have the Acer Aspire E15, and recently I spilled milk over the keyboard and some keys don't work, including the powerbutton, aka the only power button on the whole laptop, is there a way to turn it on without it, or atleast a quick way to fix it, or long way either is fine I just want to turn it on.

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Hi all,
Having a bit of a crisis here. Last night I had a drink spill into a well vented computer case causing it to power down. After panicly and quickly removing the cords and removing all hardware besides the cpu (which was missed and rather dry after the inspection) and the power source (which I figured was completely dead at that point and could be easily replaced). I took all the components out and left them to dry next to a fan the entire night after a quick wipe, worrying all the way.

So the early morning after I reinsert the gpu, ram and connect the cords and give it a go. To my surprise, it works. Power supply runs, moba isn't trashed and the gpu works (success confirmed by the screen lighting up and telling me to locate the hard drive that isn't plugged in). Obviously ecstatic about this, I plug in more things (hard drive, mouse, keyboard, internet) and I try again. It powers on but the screen no longer lights up so I can't confirm whether or not the computer can properly boot to desktop or the like and after removing the parts I get the same thing.

I've been trying to correct this, see if any damaged parts might be the cause of this. Replacing the gpu gives me the same thing and replacing cords and parts here and there to see if anything changes. Nothing so far and I'm running out of ideas. So I turn to you guys for ideas. What can I do? What might the problem be?

A:What does a tea spill, computer damage and blank screens have in common?

Remove everything, just the bare motherboard /cpu and the power supply. Boot and see what happens. You should get BIOS BEEP/ERROR codes for missing RAM. If not, it's a faulty MB or power supply.

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I've got a whole wealth of problems, but I'll stick to the computer related ones! Let me run down the story of what happened and what I (stupidly) tried to do to fix it. I am reasonably certain that I turned a mess into a complete disaster and am at the point where I pretty much expect to buy a new computer. But I'll get there in a moment...

It all started a few nights ago when my three-year old knocked over a beer onto my laptop, a Samsung QX-410. At first a few keys didn't work but then the entire keyboard malfunctioned. This is where I made matters worse. I have swapped keyboards in the past on a Dell and Compaq laptop, but never with the "island-style" keyboard. I opened the back and, lo and behold, discovered that the keyboard was located below the fan, CPU, and entire motherboard. Even worse, it seemed to be fastened in with non-screw pegs that I had no idea how to open. I thought, hmm, maybe I should go in through the top? I then tried to pry off the aluminum face which was glued on, damaging it - the entire edge between the keyboard and bevel is bent upward (I tried gluing it back down with 5-minute epoxy but it didn't work).

In the process of opening the back, I had to disconnect the hard-drive and optical drive. Since I did that, I've been getting "Blue Screen of Death" crashes with the title "Bad Pool Header." At first I could access files, and I thankfully copied my most important Word documents onto a ... Read more

A:Post-beer spill salvage - bad pool header, etc

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i spilled a glass of wine on my dell xps. i seemed to have done all of the right steps by shutting it off, removing battery, cleaning keyboard externally but then i noticed some keys were still sticking so i took it apart, with manual carefully, and there was only a wee bit of spots on the keyboard internally so cleaned with alcohol. all seemed well but when i reassembled the monitor isn't working. i can hear that it is starting up and working properly but the monitor is black. i was very careful with the cables, i didn't remove them or anything...does anyone know what could be happening?


A:Saved laptop from spill but after taking apart monitor not working?

The LCD requires two cables, one for power, and the other the display connector.

It is likely the display cable which is probably ribbbon style, has come out of the back of the LCD's circuit connector block.

Either that, or one of the inverter leads has been slightly pulled out of the connector block and isn't making proper contact.

My advice would be to strip the display surround off, and remove the plastic trim running across the top of the keyboard and then check all the connections and with it in pieces, run it up again.

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I spill water on my laptop earlier it showes automatic repair preparing, and its restating again againwhat could be the problem can i do it myself or i need to go to shop?

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After water spill in premier keyboard of Dell XPS 12 9250 due to the incidence, the keyboard can not work: there is no power; the light is not lit; the touchpad is also unavailable. I want to repair it by myself. Where is the service manual? How should I repair it by myself?

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I spilled some water on the keyboard.. Drained it and let it dry for a while and now it works find. Except the trackpoint buttons (above the touchpad) now trigger clicks for both middle and left click (if i click left click, it's like clicking middle and left at the same time)

Also some buttons on the keyboard trigger button clicks.. What can i do to fix this?

A:Keyboard triggers bunch of mouse clicks after spill on it Lenovo T530

I would say that you might need a new keyboard. however take it somewhere and have it checked out to make sure nothing else got damaged from the water.

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I wanted to "give back" and try and help someone else after getting so much good advice from this forum.

Last Saturday night I was working on my Acer 7750 laptop that I got back in April, I was on Facebook and just waiting for a pizza to be delivered, I had a full solo cup filled with Diet Coke and a good amount of ice sitting a bit further back from my laptop, but next to it, when suddenly I thought I heard a car door slam, and knowing that I have to put my dog away before I answer the door, I jumped up quickly and my hand hit the glass of diet coke, and suddenly before my eyes diet coke was flooding the center of my keyboard, I grabbed my laptop up quick, unplugged the adapter, and flung the pop off my laptop, grabbed paper towels and started blotting up the evil liquid. I got it as dry as I could and then shut the lid of the laptop, and placed the laptop on a chair since the pizza man was knocking on the door, neglecting to take out the battery. I was very upset figuring I just killed it, there was enough pop on the keys to believe it plus several years ago I had killed my hubby's laptop with the same substance and it immediately died.

As soon as I paid the pizza guy, I grabbed the laptop and I tried to type something and it was working fine. I STILL did not remove the battery, just shut it off!! I wrongly thought I was out of the woods so I happily ate pizza. About a half hour later I went back to my laptop and to my horror my keyboard was now typing gib... Read more

A:Solved: My Acer 7750 Laptop SURVIVED a Diet Coke Spill

If you ever do it again take the battery out and quickly swill the keyboard with a little distilled water to wash the sticky coke away, Clean distilled water will not usually harm electronics providing there is no power until it has completely dried out.

Sticky drinks will leave stuff behind when they dry out so it is better to swill them out with (even) clean rainwater if you haven't got distilled water

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i downloaded what i thought was a ----- 4 a program but it is not and i know i did wronge but now this thing installed it self to my pc

and when i doble click on it it installs this Anti-adware prgram which is like adware and i have no idea how to get rid of it and i don't think it is Microsoft at all can u plz help and i know i did wrong!
with the program that it install when u click the X u can go to the add and remove programs to get rid of it this is the program
and now it has this when the X starts this is set as my background when the program start

can u plz help me or should i just format my pc? and i have run Ad-Aware SE Personal serveral times and it hasn't gone away! what else can i try to get rid of it

now u want my log...
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:08:28 PM, on 19/01/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Network Monitor\netmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
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A:This is my story...

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order it is mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes. You should 'not' have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below. Also if you have any programs that may prevent system changes (like Spybot's TeaTimer program, Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, and others), make sure you disable them before doing any of the fixes (or accept the changes for the fix we give you when asked by the programs).

Go to My Computer->Tools (or View)->Folder Options->View tab:
* Under the Hidden files and folders heading, select Show hidden files and folders (it's Show all files for Windows 98).
* Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
* Click Yes to confirm and then click OK.

For the options that you checked/enabled earlier, you may uncheck them after your log is clean. If we ask you to fix a program that you use or want to keep, please post back saying that (we don't know every program that exists, so we may tell you to delete a program that we think is bad to keep).

Download smitRem.exe and save the file to your desktop.
Double click on the file to extract it to it's own folder on the desktop.

*Note* Alternet download sites for smitrem...

Download DelDoma... Read more

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Well. I've run just about every freeware program I can find to sniff out what I think might be a rootkit. Short of reformatting I don't know what else to do. I seem to run ok for a short while after a reboot/startup then everything slows down. So I'm hoping someone could take a look at my HJT log and see if anything suspicious is in there. Thank you for your time. I really appreciate it.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:40:30 PM, on 8/13/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16827)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Creative Labs Shared\Service\CreativeLicensing.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DE... Read more

A:My HJT log and a little story

Hiya and welcome to Tech Support Guy

Are you still having this problem? If so, do the following:
Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop

Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here or Here

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
The log is automatically saved by MBAM and... Read more

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I have just returned from several weeks away from home. The current fuss about viruses/worms has me concerned but I wonder if I need be, ie the risk o my PC being infected may be lower than normal. I am not sure I understand what PC's are vulnerable or exactly what these malicious programs do and how to to detect what they do.

Many moons ago, after coming to grips with several virus infections d/l while using MS products, I stopped using MS e-mail and browsing programs, ie I replaced with Netscape 7. Since doing this, I don't seem to be getting any viruses although, from time to time, I receive suspicious e-mails. I also update and scan daily with AVG Free Edition (version 6). Occasionally, I open IE in order to use the on line scan from Trend Micro. (Trend Micro won't work with Netscape Navigator for some strange reason.)

Any comments would be helpful. Thanks.


A:What's the story?

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I bought 8 sticks of ram G.Skell because of the recommendations of it being good.
After many hours of testing I found two bad sticks. I do understand that things like this can happen.
I packaged them with more caution than needed and set them to G.Skell and this is the email they sent me.


Date: Monday, July 28, 2014 6:05 PM
From: G.Skill USA RMA Dept. <[email protected]> Add to Addresses Block Sender
To: [email protected] <[email protected]> Add to Addresses
Subject: G.Skill RMA# UR2141720
Size: 6 KB

Dear Customer:

We recently received your replacement package and after thoroughly inspecting the modules you sent in, it seems as if one of the sticks was dropped and chipped. Under our warranty, we can replace anything that is not considered physically damaged. Due to your stick being physically damaged, the warranty for that stick has been voided.

Thank you,
G.Skill USA RMA Department

That is 400% B/S. Even with a magnifying glass I saw no damage. Yes I used a magnifying glass to look for problems when I was going through many hours of MemTest86+ and it's the only way I can see the information on each stick.
I will just go to another brand of ram. Before using G.Skill I always use Kingston with no problems. I will just go back to Kingston.
When I get the money to replace all the G.Skill (6 sticks) I will send them back and their will be no doubt that ... Read more

A:Bad ram and a story of RMA

That is very unfortunate.

I hate this kind on email, what's to say that the stick wasn't physically damaged before you received it, how can they be so sure of that (i understand you checked this with a magnifying glass but just saying).

They are essentially saying you have broken it without any intention of of accepting that it could have been faulty from the manufacturing/packing/storage/shipping process.

I do like Kingston and never had an issue with them either.

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I got the game a few mouths ago and tried the downstairs computer at my dads and it plays really BAD... I tried my dads computer and it play slow but good in till I wanted to save and play online. I made a user and went back to the game to sign in and I had to install a update. I installed it and GUESS WHAT? IT BROKE THE GAME!!! I had to reinstall it and tried again but the game broke again... I played and played till I tried again and it again broke so I had to reinstall, but found out the the DISC 2 WAS A MESSED UP MESS. And one thing I don't know is how it got like that. It was sitting on the table and got barely moved. If I had the right computer. this wouldn't happened. Later on... My dad,my sister, and me went shopping to get a me a game and maybe to get something. I was in the game ale. As it turns out there was not a lot of good games. I spotted the GTA 4 game and I got a idea. I forgot to add I was at Wall-Mart and I was on a boating trip. I went to the computers and found the one that we have in the barn [We didn't had one in the barn yet at start] and look at the the computers specs and asked a few things. I got all of the specs except the video card. It doesn't work with the one in the barn.
The game I got was 18 WHEELS of STEEL BIG CITY RIGS.
As it turns out. Its a good game.
Thats my story...

A:My GTA 4 story...

Alrightee Then... Glad everything worked out for you in the end?

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I buy my wife a new computer every year. She is very hard on them. This one had been dropped maybe 4 or 5 times. After the last times that was started up a message comes on say "hard drive failure immident" . I found a cloud type computer on sale and bought her one. I got the old one in hopes of repairing it and using it for a remote control airplane simulator, in place of the old one.(Bought that laptop in 2008). The laptop she had was a HP 15-r015 DX Notebook PC. I found a replacement refurnished hard drive that was "raw".
I had tried to copy or make a recovery disc of this drive after the first time "HD failure" was displayed. That did not work. The system just wouldn't allow that to be done.
What do you think I should do now? I would rather figure out how to fix the lap top than throw it away. Do you think the manufacturer might have a recovery disc for that unit? I do have a copy of windows 7 to install and of course a "raw" hard drive of the same make and model. Anyone with any suggestions, that "might" work? Or if you think I'm scr*** please let me know. In the mean time I will reinstall the orignal HD and try to make a recovery disc or try to update the bios.

A:lap top story

Install Windows 7 but use the OEM key on the bottom, it should work. Then upgrade to Windows 10.

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Grabbed Win Server 2012 to try out on my machine. It currently has Win7 installed and Win Server 2008R2 that I tried out before I brought. Installed the server and all went well. However went to go back to Win7 and got a dreaded BSOD 1B just as the windows graphics started to fly out. No matter what this would not go away.

All good I though I will restore from my backup which is just 4 days old. This did the same even though it was booting fine when I made it. Re-installed Win7 and this worked fine. Booted from my backup recovery and did a simple file restore over the top of the install and same issue again.

Have not worked out why because the system was fine until the 2012 install. Only way round it was to start from a fresh install so now having to reinstall all those programs and remember where I tucked away all those install DVD's and they keys from the boxes.

A:My story of woe

Try wiping the HD using Diskpart Clean Command to clear all boot code before restoring the backup image.

If the problems persists then its a hardware problem. Test your hardware using Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

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I'm trying to put a slide show on DVD that includes transitions, fades, etc. I don't want to have to use a computer to view DVD. Photo Story 3 is great software but I can't figure out how to convert WMV files. I can put a simple slide show on DVD, but it's not very interesting with out transitions. Is there a free or low cost software that will aloow me to transfer to DVD?

Thanks, Jeff B

A:Photo Story 3 onto DVD

My understanding of PhotStory 3 is that you need a plugin to create a DVD.

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So I've been playing with computers long enough to have the delusional notion that I know what I'm doing.

Which up until yesterday was running Vista without an AV program.

Decided Vista was "bullet-proof" and Defender would save me.


A certain web-site that shall remain nameless offered to install an ActiveX plugin and I decided Vista would protect me if it was bad and long story short I spent the next 6 hours reinstalling Vista.

Had no System Restore points. Could not remain in Safe Mode without Explorer crashing every 15 seconds (literally). HIGHLY aggravating, that.

Here's the BIG NEWS

Vista has no "Repair Install". Nope, none Zip , nada so people like me that really on THAT are going to have to re-learn their behaviors.

Or repeatedly have to New-Install Vista. I'm going to clone this thing as soon as I buy that 500 Gbyte SATA NewEgg has for $120.00.

A:Bad Vista Story

Just for reference....Vista does have a repair installation tool:

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I am having trouble burning my Photo Story 3.1 slide show to disc. I have done it before so I know the capabilities are there. I get an error message about half-way thru the process (Photo Story cannot create the VCD because an error occurred - no other error message received except to look in the HELP of program which I have done. Should I reinstall the software and start over? If I do this, I will lose the whole show but I will if I have to. I have Windows XP, DVD/CD-ROM drive is Philips DVD+-RW DVD8631, using 40x speed.

A:Photo Story 3.1

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Hi, Please would anybody try to resolve the problem I am having with Phot Story 3.1. When I click Save Project, it will not save. The program does everything else like build the story and add music, it just will not let me save it so I can come back later.

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everytime i open maplestory it opens and i login then when i click on the charchter or server it closed and says uve been disconnected from the server try again !

it never works Help please

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umm ok i downloaded and installed maple story without a problem and when i try to play it starts the hackshield which starts maplestory and then my screen goes dark then it says screen is out of range please check pc settings i know the game wors because i hear the sound please help

A:Maple Story

I have downloaded the game finished playing first stage, when I downloaded it first time it happens same with me. I have tried and downloaded second time, now its playing fine with me.

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I'm trying to connect to Maple Story but every time I press select character the screen goes black and it says it can't connect to the server.

I'm running XP SP2 and I have McAfee SecurityCenter.
I tried disabling it and enabling it while I set the permissions to Full-Access but it still happens.

Anyone have any ideas? :/

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ok, i just downloaded maple story and i cant type in the login page, it only responds to space. i did actually enter the game but i didnt do anything on it. what did i do wrong? how can i solve this? can any one please help?

A:maple story

I have the same exact problem. When I got off maple last night before bed, everything was running fine. I woke up this morning and tried to get on and normally it opens maybe..5 seconds after clicking it, but I noticed it did nothing for about 25 seconds, then started to make its way to the login screen. And like the previous user said, it only responds to the space bar. No other keys work so I can't enter my password.

..any help at all would be much appreciated.

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Ive been trying to download maple story. Whenever i finish the download. I click on the shortcut or whatever and it will start normally. The mini screen comes up and I press the play button. Than the connection screen in the upper left hand corner comes up. Than it turns black and the computer restarts before i even get onto the log on screen. Whats wrong?

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Hey all

I have a problem with the maple story...
I played it on my old PC...but now when i got a new one I can't play it!!

When I start the game I get a message that there is some hacking attempt...

I scanned the whole computer several times...and the message still appears

I even downloaded a new client and it still appears...


TY all

A:Maple story

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When I start maple story and go to play. I can only venture out into 1 area deep from cities and the cities themselves. When I go out further I baicly lagg out where all mosnters stop walking I cant kill them/ take damange or heal/ or even leave that area. I have a highspeed connection w/ little to no connection problems. I also tryied the game on a compter on my lan, game works fine. Any one got any idea

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im having a problem with maple story.

i was playing it on my desktop for a few months when one day i suddenly cant run the game anymore. whenever i evoke the game, it stops halfway. saying the connection has ended. it disconnects me to the internet automatically. hence i can't play maply story. can someone out there help me?

i tried changing the settings for my internet connection but nth seems to help. wil be greatful if someone can enlighten me with wad i can do. thanks alot!!

A:pls help me with maple story.

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i cant seem to get this thing going again... i had it working then just one day... i got this error msg. :
"Failed in finding screen mode Gr2D"

thus i think i know whats wrong... > need 2 update my graphics card drivers... (but dont have any cds... ) and im running a win 98 "boat ancre/frankinstein" pc... any advise links or help would be great.

A:Maple Story

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i have been playing this online game for months until recently, an error keep popping out. the error is like this, found in my files:

Exception code: 00000090
Fault Address: 9138BFFC 1C:00000001

SS:ESP:FFC35E02:75C08500 EBP:04468BF1
DS:8B0C244C ES:8BD0FF00 FS:8C25E00 GS:01B8
IMAGEHLP.DLL or its exported functions not found

Call stack:
Address Frame Logical addr Module
0475C085 04468BF1 0000:00000000

When i tried to open the game again, it says that there is no data file in my computer. But i checked it and verified that the data file is still intact. Can anybody help?

A:maple story help

have you tried to reinstall?

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Can some1 plz help me with ma error code? whenever i try to open it it always says: error code:-2147467259 (unspecified error) and I've tried everything! Email ms GMs re-install other forums.. LOTS of stuff so can some1 PLEASE help me ive been tryin to fix this for 3 MONTHS

A:Please Help in Maple Story!

Hi and welcome

Go here and follow the instructions there.

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After my slideshow has been installed, at the end I click View Your Story. The error message I get is ... A device attached to the system is not functioning. I cannot view my PS3 story. All created PS3 files are WMV except the master slidreshow file which is WP3. This error has only come up recently. In the past everything has worked aok.

A:MS Photo Story 3

Have you tried going to the file directly after it is created and attempt to view it with an alternate media player? PS3 may not be able to start the WMPlayer or something like that so first step is to check directly if WMPlayer can play it and if not, can VLC or KM Player or somesuch play the file.

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I have photo story 3 I would like to know the procedure to combine related stories that I have now into one, want to combine to burn to dvd instead instead of individual dvd's thank you for you help

A:photo story 3

If you have several .wmv files from PhotoStory3 that you want to put on one DVD, something like DVDFlick ( can author those files for you.

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1. The computer I am using has XP home sp2.
2. A win 2000 server that has the program on it that I use.
3. Then I am printing to a third computer that has win98.

The trouble is that it will not print to the win98 computer until I "open a connection" with that computer and type in my username and password.
If I go to "my network places" and open a file on the win98 computer... then it asks me for the user name/password and everything works fine. until I shut down the computers. then I have to do it all again.

I have an XP pro machine that does not do this.


A:story of 3 computers

Is there a password on the printer share?

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Having a little trouble adding a laptop to my wireless LAN at home.

Installed the pcmcia driver on the laptop. Inserted the card and shows signal with good strength.

Checked to make sure the WORKGROUP names are the same on the laptop as on the other pcs(Although, another laptop is able to connect to the internet with the same card/driver despite having a different workgroup name.)

Client for Microsoft Windows, printer/file sharing and TCP/IP are checked.

Tried setting the IP addresses manually(may be incorrectly) as well as automatically.

pinging the router outputs "Request timed out."

What am i missing?

A:Story of a Wireless LAN

encryption enabled on the wireless router?
MAC address access control lists enabled on the router?

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hey guys,

busy doing studying for exams for windows server 2008 administration...

the first section was putty...then along came connecting to network...well
i find IPv6 very difficult and confusing...

is IP6 definately going to become the norm? or is there anything else brewing that will make it a small inbetween event like vista?

is it possible that if one became really good at understanding IP6 that there could be jobs in the near future just sorting out ip4 to ip6 transitions / troubleshooting etc...

i will read more ...and practice...practice!

thanks for reading

A:IPv6 the story...

It will, eventually, like you put it, become the norm. When? Who knows. But for now NAT's got us covered.

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Hi all,
I have a big problem w/ my internet connection. I dont have one. Heres a little background...
Im running windows media center edition on an HP Pavilion zd8060us. I have used this laptop to access the internet for 10 months now until yesterday am. I have broadband through Comcast using their modem and a netgear wirless router wgr614 v5.
When I remove the router from the equation and connect directly from the modem still no connection. However, when I connect my other laptop directly to the modem, viola, aconnection is made and Im on the WWW.
In my estimation this problem is somewhere in my HP Pavilion.
Oh, I am still able to share files between the 2 laptops when networked through the router, but no internet on either when connected throguh the router.
Any suggestions??

A:AGE OL' STORY! Cant get on the internet...

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I was in a class to get certified with Microsoft Command Line, so I installed a trial version of Server 2003 on my second hard drive, and I want to wipe that off that hard drive, but I don't have the CD anymore because its useless because its a trial version and all. So now I just want to wipe that hard drive completely, so how do I do that?

A:Long Story, Please Help

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Ok occasionally windows did not load and i used to get round it by running chkdsk /r,reboot and it came up ok. whilst running chkdsk my son switched off the comp after that got a blue screen with a stop message.
After some amateur fiddling it would only come up with NTLDR missing press cont alt delete to restart and got nowhere.

Borrowed a friends xp home disc and reloaded windows. However I think i may have put the programme on something called realtech boot agent instead of the hard drive proper. XP works ok but is a basic version with no personal files.

is my old version of windows still sitting on my hard drive somewhere? is it on another partition if thats the right word to use? How do i search for it if thats possible ?

I think this will need someone to stay with me on this one. Hope someone here is willing to do that.

Much appreciated


A:XP a Long Story

Anyone here?????

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Well ok, I have been in the BSOD mode for awhile and it goes so fast I cant read it but it finally froze and I took a pic. It does it everytime I watch youtube, the video is choppy then freezes, flashes a few times then I get the BSOD and it restarts. It does it sometimes when I use fusion media player or i open a folder that loads alot of thumbnails for videos. I tried everything, I had Mcafee security suite, thought it wasn't good enough and got AVG 9.0 and ran scans, got registry repair wizard 09 and Driver Genius Professional Edition and updated the 24 drivers it told me too cause it seems like a driver problem cause this popped up out of nowhere and updated my codecs from I usually can solve these situations but I am at a lost, thanks for any kind of help my system info is in my signature.

A:Another BSOD story, tried everything I know!!!

According to this site:
It says that watchdog.sys monitors your video driver. Your BSOD screen mentioned watchdog.sys.

Go to your video card manufacturer site, download and install the latest driver for your card.

Also you can go to and update your Flash.

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Well this is more like a warning more than a story...

Well december 2003, I have bought a MuVoNX256MB. Yes I was extremly happy. Well from the start I knew the hardware wouldnt last long. Yep, and it didnt last too long. In the time I had the my NX while it was still working. I was wondering about the frame work of the piece of hardware. It was cheap plastic. Then I thought about the Ipod. Which is metal. Then I just worried my NX will die out soon(reading the article from maximumpc which quote The external wont last long in the real world quote. So I beggan to take care of it more. Yet a week or so ago. My precious NX has died out. Not completly, but has came to a "malfunction" I got it to work again real soon, but the same problem occured again, and again, and again, and about 25time more. What am I gonna say AGAIN 25x? Back to the subject... The NX had slowly I mean SLOWLY died out. Eventually came to a point I just gave up. I have sent letter to maxiumpc the topic the go, is a uh-oh. Yes, I have contact the CreativeLabs which only 1 out 2 email response was actually helpful. The other was something that I didnt know why they sent the email to me. So numerous times I have tried to reconfig, reinstall, update, driver, blah blah blah.... and have no luck what so ever.

Am I sad? Yes
Will I get a new mp3 player yes. THE IPOD MINI!
Still like I said from the start.... The NX have very very bad frame work. Plastic.
Hopfully the Ipod will last longer.
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i have tried downloading maple from the website. but as soon as it finished download, my avira antivir personal instantly said it has a virus. i look it up and it is spygen. so i cant install my maple. i then go take from a friend of the maple file and yesterday when i tried to play it, it keep on blue screen "physical dump of memory". then the computer restart itself. the blue screen happen for about 3 times. then i change my maple compatibility to windows vista (no service pack). it run smoothly yesterday. i played till late nite and went to bed. the next day, i try to open maple, again the same thing happen blue screen. i look it up and this website here. and it said i may have virus or hacking software on my computer. i am a little worried cause since earlier i said maple did contain spygen (which steals information). how do i solve this problem and also i wan to know how to check my computer for viruses and other softwares that is harmful

A:maple story

Delete Maple. Then Run your Avira AV scanner with full scan and follow directions. It prompts to delete then delete.

Next time your Antivirus says do not download- do not download.

After you do the above download Malwarebytes, install it, update then do full scan. Malwarebytes Blue button on left top of page is free version.


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Hi, i just need some expert advice on the many problems that i'm having with my computers and the corsair products that possibly ruined them both. So without further ado, here begins my horror story.
A while ago I had a working computer that use to get blue screens every now and then, but suddenly blue screens started to increase over time. I then decided to run memtest on my Corsair 8gb
Vengeance memory and it returned errors. Also around that time, i noticed that my Corsair tx850 v2 was making a scary ticking noise. By that time i immediately RMAed both psu and ram to corsair to avoid further damage to my OLDER computer. Keep in mind that this old computer was actually booting.
So when i got my Corsair PSU and ram back from almost a month long RMA period, i hooked up the psu and ram to my older computer, and nothing booted at all. The green light on my motherboard's power button would glow green when i hook up the psu to the wall jack, but when i press that power button to boot, the fans would spin for around one millisecond, then everything shuts down including the fan on the PSU. At that time i immediately called Corsair technical support and they told me to maybe try the psu and ram on another computer (which was a horrible idea and I don't know why I gave the psu and ram the benefit of the doubt after I saw the psu kill my older system) so I tried it on my brand new computer. Before I tried it on the new computer, i tried the paperclip test and it passed.
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A:My PSU horror story

You did have the 24 pin and the 4 pin power plugs in the motherboard?

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I upgraded my ram about 3 weeks ago to 4 gigs. Computer is running slow and i get hit with a virus so i decide to reformat. For some reason, i wasnt able to format unless i took out this 2 gig stick. Everytime i tried to reformat, i always got blue screened. So I take the ram out and install windows 7, x64 and place the ram back in but the computer crashes and restarts every few minutes. The computer reads the ram as 4 gigs. Im currently in safe mode right now. Someone suggested taking out the new video card i installed so i did that but i still keep getting hit. What should i do?????

A:Not to sure what to do here, but heres the story

Quote: Originally Posted by shady313

I upgraded my ram about 3 weeks ago to 4 gigs. Computer is running slow and i get hit with a virus so i decide to reformat. For some reason, i wasnt able to format unless i took out this 2 gig stick. Everytime i tried to reformat, i always got blue screened. So I take the ram out and install windows 7, x64 and place the ram back in but the computer crashes and restarts every few minutes. The computer reads the ram as 4 gigs. Im currently in safe mode right now. Someone suggested taking out the new video card i installed so i did that but i still keep getting hit. What should i do?????

Go into your User CP and fill in your system specs.

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